Wednesday, 25 March 2015

what colours are in your summer wardrobe

My wardrobe seems to comprise of three main colours, blue, cream/white and peach - and last week I found a light weight jacket that ties it all together - so this week I decided to make myself some jewellery that would do the same. I am so happy with this necklace and matching earrings.
I used a selection of glass beads, Swarovski crystals and handmade ceramic beads to make this set

 If I can do this for me, I can do it for you too, just let me know what colours and style, length  of necklace, earrings you want and I am as always happy to make you something

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Saturday, 21 March 2015

'Iona' necklace

How do I spend an afternoon when Rugby is on? - easy I go upstairs to my work room and make some jewellery. After making a commissioned bracelet which I will post on here after my client has received it, I then spied this beautiful turquoise bead in a bag on my desk that was just shouting out to be used - so I used it -  along with other glass beads to make this pretty necklace for the summer - made with silver plate wire and finished off with a silver plate clasp - This is a one off necklace as there was only the one focal bead in the bag - I have named the necklace 'Iona' as it reminds me of the seas around  the island of Iona in the Hebrides with its stunning white shell sand beaches.

the necklace measure 16 inches  and cost £35

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Monday, 16 March 2015

What would you make at basic jewellery making workshop by Angela Smith?

This post is for those of you wondering what you could expect to make at one of my basic jewellery making workshops. 
Firstly you can expect to see a very large selection of beads - these are the boxes I bring out to the workshops, I will also usually bring a few small baskets too, which have a selection of other glass beads and a few semi precious beads and freshwater pearls.

This morning I sat down and made the following items - My workshops normally last 2 -2 1/2 hours, these took me 1 1/2 hours to make so if you have had experience in making jewellery before you should be able to make similar in the allotted time, if you are totally new to jewellery making you should still manage to go away with two or three items, if not more - you will probably find that it is the choosing of the beads and planning of your items that will take most of your time. 

I will show you how to make a floating necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings, you can then choose what you want to make and select your own beads, they could be a colourful selection like above or you might want to make something more neutral such as this glass pearl necklace and matching earrings 
or if you like you could choose to  make a string of beads either on the wire or on beading thread, again I would show you how to do this too,

Alternatively you might want to include a pendant drop in your necklace design such as this black glass bead necklace 

Please remember that these are just examples of the types of jewellery you could make, I am happy to talk through with you and help you plan out other designs that you have in mind, providing I have the beads and correct finding to make these.
 My next planned basic jewellery making workshop is for Saturday 11th April 10.30am -1pm  at Lily's Secret Vintage Tea Rooms, Swan Pit, near Gnosall, Staffordshire, details for this and future workshops can be found in the column to the right of this post in the section headed workshops - please don't hesitate to contact me for further details 

Friday, 13 March 2015

statement long drop earrings

These earrings have been made with a crystal drop, clear Swarovski crystals and Swarovski crystal pearls and tiny glass beads on sterling silver wire, I personally don't think you would need a necklace with these, just the earrings, although I could make a matching bracelet if you would like  - there is such a thing as too much bling!!!!

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

'Harmony' a new bracelet for today

Today the sun is shining and my door is open, the dog is lying in the hall with her head resting in the open doorway and all is well - So I just had to pop up to my work room and make something and this is the end result - I have called it 'Harmony'
This stunning bracelet has been  made using a combination of Freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal pearls and diamante rondelle beads, and has been finished off with a sterling silver clasp and extension chain

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Introducing 'Evangeline' - New wedding jewellery and hair accessories

My thoughts this week have turned completely to wedding jewellery, I have booked myself into a charity wedding fair this Sunday at Lilleshall National Sports Centre so I thought I should make some new jewellery to add to my collection - and if you know me at all you will know that I love any excuse to get those knitting needles and crochet hooks out, so I decided to knit and crochet a set. 
'Evangeline' comprises of a wire and glass bead knitted tiara band, a knitted bracelet and 6 crocheted bobby pins, these are totally one of pieces as the beads have been threaded on randomly and so even if I tried,  it would be impossible for me to replicate this set exactly, I can of course make others based on these designs.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A day of craft fair prep

In case you didn't know I will be attending a craft fair both Saturday and Sunday this weekend at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wolseley Bridge, Stafford and today was possibly my last full day this week that I could devote to getting organised - so this morning I mounted about 40 more photos onto greetings cards, this afternoon I packed them away, I also sorted out a few bits an bobs to sell such as headpins, ear hooks and spare beads and packed and priced them as I thought it might be worth me trying to sell some - I also found time to make three more pairs of earrings as I do not have many Murano glass bead earrings left on my display.
These will help fill the gaps

Murano glass deserve sterling silver ear hooks

So that just leaves a bit of pricing up to do and packing hopefully on Friday

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Monday, 23 February 2015

Red Venetian Glass Necklaces

These winter days when the sun shines are lovely aren't they? well yes when you are inside and the heating is on, not so great when working by large old single glazed sash windows and a bitter wind is finding every gap to blow through - and then I have to brave that same wind outside, crouching over my new makes with a large camera swinging about my neck and hair being blown across my face trying to position my jewellery just so, when along comes an extra large gust of wind and I have to start all over again! my fingers are just about coming back to life again - the sun might be incredibly bright today but I have to say that I am really looking forward to a bit of warmth from it!!!
Anyway here are my new makes for this weeks 'Mondays Makes'
A couple of dark red Venetian glass necklaces - I think that completes my necklace range to take along to the craft fair this weekend at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust , I still have to stock up with some more earrings but I am getting there.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

New glass leaf bead necklaces

Isn't it amazing how a couple of days of sunshine can give you such a lift - I walked into my workroom today excited about some new glass leaf beads that arrived  recently and I started having a play - these are what I have come up with so far. I like them all - but I do have a favourite!! All three of these necklaces will be coming with me to the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust craft fair at the end of this month

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

New Swarovski crystal earrings added to my shop

'Serenity'  Swarovski crystal  earrings  - made with grey faceted cubes and either coloured Swarovski crystals or Swarovski crystal pearls,  now available to but from my earring shop 

each pair hang from sterling silver ear hooks and measure approx 4 1/2 cm

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith